Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bridal Shower: High Tea and Tiffany's Theme

One of my long time friends got married a couple weeks ago and I was honored to be able to host the bridal shower the week before!

It was a more intimate wedding, so there were six of us invited to and attending the bridal shower. The small size was perfect since it meant I could spend a little extra on the details and it made for a great intimate atmosphere. 

A couple of us had been to the Brown Palace for high tea a couple months before and absolutely loved it, so I thought that might be a fun way to do brunch since it was a small group. 

I started out by ordering these gorgeous invitations that were all high tea themed:

The invites were perfect for the atmosphere of the event and so much fun to pick out (Thank you Zazzle!)

The color of the wedding was Tiffany Blue, so I used that as the color theme for the rest of the shower.

Since we were going to a restaurant more of less, that meant I didn't need to coordinate food or drinks or much decoration, so it was probably the easiest bridal shower I will ever throw! That left me time and energy to pull together some activities for us to do during the shower.

After some research into options, I chose to do an advice card, a "Finish the Phrase" game and some wedding trivia. I pulled together my stuff from various online places and printed them on Tiffany Blue card stock. The advice cards were separate and the games were on either side of the same piece. It ended up being the perfect amount of activity to keep the conversation flowing and entertain us while we enjoyed our tea and snacks.
They really were Tiffany Blue, but my lighting was terrible

Since it was a small group, I did a favor for everyone that included cookies from a bakery I have used before, nail polish in Tiffany Blue, and eos lip balm since they come in Tiffany Blue.

I had gotten everything ready the day before since I had a terrible dream the bride moved the party up a day to her mom's house and I forgot half of her stuff... 

The day of I set up the table and took some pictures of the setting. I completely forgot to take pictures of the actual food and tea, but we got to pick three teas and we get a three tiered tray full of scones, mini sandwiches and little desserts. It is all super delicious. 

The whole event was so much fun to plan and to be at! I loved every minute of it. I think I probably enjoyed it more than my own bridal shower just because I am a planner at heart and liked knowing what was going on and being involved in all of it. 

I think everyone else had a great time too!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pregnancy 2.0: Weeks 7 v. 2 through 9

Three more weeks down, five more to catch up!
Week 7 version 2
Per my last post, our due date was changed at our first ultrasound, so I had a chance to “re do” my seventh week again.
Based on the dramatic increase in negative pregnancy symptoms, it was quite a week!
My nausea started up. I had a significant increase in the amount of food I felt the need to eat and now am back to my eating two breakfasts every day. The lower back/hip pain is back this pregnancy with what feels like a vengeance. Looking back at my last pregnancy journal it was really probably about the same, but I bend over a lot more with chasing Vander around.
I am starting to wonder when work will notice that I have only been wearing loose fitting clothes…
Week 8
Only one tiny bit of nausea this week and overall I felt really well, which doesn’t help with my still being nervous about the baby growing!
What also didn’t help was I had some old blood looking discharge, Saturday through Tuesday off and on, which I hadn’t had at all with Vander, so I decided to call the nurse line and I got another ultrasound Wednesday.
(I accidently posted the picture from this second ultrasound instead of the first one last time! I have updated the first post now!)

She was looking great! Her heart rate was 177 and we could see little leg and tiny arm buds. She was measuring a couple days ahead, so right in between the original and final due date, which made me just as relieved as seeing her little heart beating! Vander was always crazy, hence “wigglebug” for his in utero nick name, but she only moved a little bit, which was so super cute! my doctor called that afternoon and told me the discharge appeared to be from a blood clot from implantation and she sees it about 1 in every four pregnancies and that it shouldn't be anything to worry about.

Since I had had two ultrasounds by this point and had been out of the office for the appointments, in addition to my growing belly bump, I figured it was time to tell my work. I told my boss right when I got back from the ultrasound appointment. She was excited and supportive, even though I was going to be out of work during part of our busy season. I told her I planned to tell everyone else at the office the next day, but wanted to make sure she wouldn’t be caught off-guard about it. I brought in cupcakes as the obligatory sweet treat for good news. Generally everyone wasn’t too surprised. I had a very polite comment related to me not looking as thin, one person saw me go right into our boss’s office when I got in from my appointment the day before and thought something had to be up, and another co-worker who had to use my computer and saw me googling Harry Potter pregnancy announcements… It is so nice to not have to be quiet about it anymore and to be able to wear whatever clothes I want.
Week 9
I am glad I got at least one week off of feeling like dirt since I felt crappy every day this whole week from about 10am to 7pm. I definitely go to bed at the same time as Vander. 
The pregnancy brain has fully kicked in since I am completely forgetful. I couldn't even find the silverware in my own house, which has never been moved in the 3+ years we have lived here.
I may have already popped on the belly front...
Dylan and I had a moment watching Vander play when we fully realized we are going back to the beginning again with this whole new baby thing. Vander is so independent (compared to what he was) that it will be strange to be 100% relied on again. Exciting, but it will be a big change!
Alcohol officially doesn't taste good. I had the occasional glass of wine with Vander and it tasted just the same was usual. This time around I had a sip of Dylan's Shock Top at the Broncos pre-game we went to and it tasted like weird tasting water, and I normally really enjoy Shock Top! Then with wine, they all just taste like cheap watery table wine. To each their own on their opinions on drinks while pregnant but I am really sad that I can't even get any enjoyment out of a simple glass of wine! 
I am deep in the midst of food aversions, so one night when everyone else was eating Chinese food, I tried eating a bowl of cereal. Then all Vander wanted to eat was my cereal. Guess I have to suck it up and eat real food!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pregnancy Posts, Weeks 4-7 v. 1

Let the pregnancy journal begin!

As you may remember from when I was pregnant with Vander, I did a weekly blog post about my pregnancy. In a very conscious effort to make things as even as possible between my kids I will be doing weekly posts again this time. Also, I feel it is really helpful for me to take some time to sit down and really think about my pregnancy and bond with little baby #2!

I ended up turning my posts from my pregnancy with Vander into a photobook, which I have definitely pulled out this pregnancy to refer back to my thoughts and symptoms and belly size.

As a note, the timing for my posts describe how many weeks pregnant I was during that week, for example, my week 13 post describes days 13 weeks 0 days through 13 weeks 6 days. 

Weeks 4-5

As I mentioned a little in our announcement post, we weren’t really trying to have a baby quite yet, just apparently NOT trying hard enough. The most ironic part when we first thought we were pregnant was that it all happened the day before my boss was saying/joking that abstinence is the best policy… so that memo came a little too late! For my job we have a very distinct busy season and ever since I started we have all joked that the one rule is to not have a baby during busy season. We were planning to start trying in August, which would be a May baby, as in after the Winter tax season and Q1 busy season. Apparently there were other plans. I realized about a week after it happened that maybe that accidental timing wasn’t going to work out so well for not getting pregnant… darn hormones!

Our initial due date was March 12, which is Dylan’s birthday (among other people who I know well…), but I definitely took that as a sign that this pregnancy was meant to be. While I am an advocate of not sharing a birthday, I thought it was very exciting for the due date to be Dylan’s birthday. So for these first couple weeks we went with that as our due date.

My first signs were the same weird cramps I had with Vander at about three weeks (one week after conception), becoming overly nauseous at gross things, having really vivid and weird dreams, getting very fatigued already and peeing more.

I took my first test the day I expected Aunt Flow to show up, and didn’t get anything. So we waited a couple more days, July 5th, and got our positive test! Vander was napping and Dylan knew I was testing, so I ran out and told him. We went out to breakfast the next week just the two of us, after we dropped off Vander at daycare, since we went out to breakfast when we first found out about being pregnant the first time. It was really fun and cute to continue the tradition J

We told our immediate families, and everyone was obviously very excited!

Week 6

Not too much going on at the beginning. I felt like I was starting to get fat already. The long lived stage of being hungry, but not wanting to eat anything already started. I did have my first waffles of the pregnancy this week. (I lived off of waffles with Vander). I also had a lot of headaches the first couple weeks, which was really annoying!

Week 7 (v1)

Due to my fatigue, which you really don’t get to have when you already have a toddler, I figured out that I would get up with Vander at like 6am, then get Dylan up at 7am, when I would normally get him up, but instead of staying up I would just go back to sleep for another hour. Genius! I am generally a morning person, so this isn’t usually an issue for me, but goodness it was SO NICE to get back to bed.

We had our first ultrasound this week! It was such a relief to get to see the baby and see the baby existing! My mom had a miscarriage and the cells had just never really come together to form a baby, so seeing the baby made me feel so much better! I had definitely been walking on eggshells about the whole pregnancy. Our due date did change from 3/12, which was based on my last period, to 3/20, based on the baby measuring about 8 days behind the 3/12 date. The doctor wasn’t concerned at all and said it was likely due to a combination of late ovulation and late implanation. Which definitely makes sense since I was having inconsistent cycles and considering it took a couple more days to get our positive pregnancy test in the first place. Given that Vander was very ready a week early, I still expect her to make her arrival around Dylan’s birthday. The heartbeat was good at 123. She was smaller than Vander was when we first saw him, but he was almost 9 weeks and she was only 6 weeks and 3 days, and 3 weeks makes a big difference! We could see Vander’s limbs at this point and they weren't really developed yet for this ultrasound. 

In case you hadn't noticed, we are referring to the baby as a girl. I think it is a combination of wishful thinking an hopefully some intuition, but either way it is a lot easier having a gender to refer to than just "it" or "the baby". 

It was great to see my doctor again! She is just so nice. I am just annoyed at having to redo a week! I am sure I will get over it soon enough and adjust to the new timing just fine. 

All of my tests came back good, so that is one less thing to worry about. It may be less obvious via blog, but in reality I was really stressed about everything going well. I have had too many recent stories of people I know having miscarriages and it just makes me nervous! Everything went so smoothly with Vander last time that I fully expect this pregnancy to have something more complicated come up. 

On an unrelated note, it is really difficult to meal plan for a crazy pregnant lady! I never know what I want and it changes all the time. 

I will post the next couple weeks shortly! Hopefully my fatigue is going to abate eventually and I will have energy to blog again!

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